Cost and Procurement Policy for food purchased in Stormont

29 April 2008

Question 1

Is there a procurement policy in place for the purchasing of food products?

Response

At present, it is the responsibility of Eurest to purchase food products for the Northern Ireland Assembly through the Support Services contract, and therefore there is no Assembly procurement policy specifically in place for the purchasing of food products. Eurest however set strict guidelines on the purchase of all food to ensure it is procured by companies to ensure compliance with food hygiene legislation.

Question 2

Is there any commitment to buying local food produce?

Response

Prior to the award of contract, the Northern Ireland Assembly made its commitment to using local food produce clear, when it stated, “The use of local produce should also be considerable.” Eurest endeavours to purchase produce from local sources where possible. Our commitment is to provide the Assembly with produce sourced from within N.I.

Question 3

Is there any commitment to healthy eating?

Response

Prior to the award of contract to Eurest, the Assembly made its commitment to healthy eating clear, when it stated that “The Contractor shall promote healthy eating and shall encourage a reduction in salt, sugar and fats, and an increase in foods high in dietary fibre.” Eurest have a full commitment to healthy eating to ensure a good work life balance. For example, Eurest have implemented a Balanced Choice programme to ensure users can make sound nutritional choices depending on their own dietary programme. In addition, a menu specific to healthy eating food items is currently being developed, and will be available on the intranet within the Assembly and also on the menu boards in the catering venues.

Question 4

How much is spent each year, for the last 10 years, on food, catering and food products?

Response

The current record of accounts held by the Assembly Commission date back to March 2001. The figures that highlight spends on catering, food and food products are based on the total Catering sales for each month, minus the total Gross Profit that is returned to the Assembly. In the case of the previous contractor, Mount Charles, who held the contract until February 2007, the gross profit that was returned to the Assembly from the catering sales was 45% each month. The current contractor, Eurest who commenced the provision of Support Services in March 2007, is contracted to return 51.1% of catering sales each month.

Year – 2001/02

Month

Catering Sales minus %GP return (£)

March 2001

32477.76

April 2001

28609.14

May 2001

38765.37

June 2001

44723.11

July 2001

26483.41

August 2001

17683.37

September 2001

32491.35

October 2001

26921.28

November 2001

31330.40

December 2001

32775.13

January 2002

11621.44

February 2002

16008.71

TOTAL

339890.47

Year – 2002/03

Month

Catering Sales minus %GP return (£)

March 2002

30533.71

April 2002

17898.53

May 2002

25893.46

June 2002

33054.38

July 2002

14857.82

August 2002

12013.31

September 2002

30506.30

October 2002

26921.28

November 2002

18494.97

December 2002

20718.71

January 2003

8142.51

February 2003

17369.89

TOTAL

256404.87

Year – 2003/04

Month

Catering Sales minus %GP return (£)

March 2003

25486.34

April 2003

13261.15

May 2003

10649.35

June 2003

21692.68

July 2003

8329.47

August 2003

7327.69

September 2003

21356.89

October 2003

17039.63

November 2003

11595.08

December 2003

12329.67

January 2004

6707.68

February 2004

16137.36

TOTAL

171912.99

Year 2004/05

Month

Catering Sales minus %GP return (£)

March 2004

15766.90

April 2004

10122.80

May 2004

17928.45

June 2004

21927.56

July 2004

9814.68

August 2004

8718.96

September 2004

21117.91

October 2004

15514.70

November 2004

19955.28

December 2004

22568.98

January 2005

7232.45

February 2005

10957.10

TOTAL

181625.77

Year 2005/06

Month

Catering Sales minus %GP return (£)

March 2005

18689.69

April 2005

9626.29

May 2005

12692.79

June 2005

23637.90

July 2005

13965.94

August 2005

7447.46

September 2005

17625.78

October 2005

17397.84

November 2005

15183.25

December 2005

23944.03

January 2006

9843.31

February 2006

13771.91

TOTAL

183826.19

Year 2006/07

Month

Catering Sales minus %GP return (£)

March 2006

21187.55

April 2006

12753.32

May 2006

21226.36

June 2006

24517.81

July 2006

12059.00

August 2006

9105.24

September 2006

24832.27

October 2006

20441.82

November 2006

21093.08

December 2006

24030.25

January 2007

11845.59

February 2007

36437.17

TOTAL

239529.46

Year 2007/08

Month

Catering Sales minus %GP return (£)

March 2007

12040.09

April 2007

15608.83

May 2007

26516.74

June 2007

37825.61

July 2007

20777.47

August 2007

15340.19

September 2007

26994.96

October 2007

30240.13

November 2007

35564.80

December 2007

34754.77

January 2008

18678.31

February 2008

30174.81

TOTAL

304516.71

Year 2008/09

Month

Catering Sales minus %GP return (£)

March 2008

38697.00

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